Commissioner attends community forum in Sheffield suburb

Reverend Dr Alan Billings
Reverend Dr Alan Billings

South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner met members of the Shiregreen Community Forum in Sheffield to discuss policing issues in the area.

Dr Alan Billing attended at the invitation of Sophie Lejeune-Peggie, partnership manager of Sanctuary Housing, which has properties in the area.

The Commissioner spoke about how new policing teams will be rolled out across Sheffield later this year.

They have already been launched in Doncaster and will be gradually introduced across the county.

The idea is to have a smaller number of larger teams, which each have their own community and response officers responsible for solving issues in the community they serve.

There will be more officers on duty at peak times, including weekends and evenings.

He said: “The new Local Policing Teams will be bigger than existing neighbourhood teams because they will be formed by combining response and neighbourhood teams into a single team with a community focus.

“Each Local Policing Team will be expected to manage all but the most serious crimes in their area, from start to finish, and keep in touch with victims.

“They will operate a 24 hour, seven day shift pattern. Police community support officers will remain as they are.

“The Local Policing Teams will be more visible within communities because they will be equipped with laptops that enable them to write up their reports while still in the community instead of having to travel back to a police station.”

Members of the audience spoke about anti-social behaviour.

Sergeant Michelle Fox, who works in the area, assured the forum that South Yorkshire Police takes the issue seriously and said that some other areas have a bigger problem.

But she urged anyone who witnesses anti-social behaviour to contact the force.